• Patrick McBride

Surgery and outpatient appointments to go ahead at West Coast DHB facilities tomorrow

Under Alert Level 2, surgery and outpatient appointments will go ahead on the West Coast as planned tomorrow.

However, if you are sick please stay home and call the number on the appointment letter to let staff know you won’t be attending.


If you have attended any of the locations of interest in Auckland visited by the new confirmed community cases of COVID-19, please follow the Ministry of Health instructions and call Healthline if you’re not sure what you should do 0800 358 5453.


Please wear a mask or fabric face covering into hospital.


You must sign in using the QR code at the main entrance or sign in manually.

Importantly, you must physically distance – stay at least two metres away from people you don’t know.


If you are using public transport (taxi/bus) to get to hospital, you must wear a mask or face covering. Wash and dry your hands frequently or use hand gel.

If there is any change to your appointment or surgery you will be called directly, so if you haven’t heard from us your appointment will be going ahead.


Visiting hours remain the same at both Te Nīkau Hospital & Health Centre and Buller Health. Visitor numbers are limited to two people per patient at any one time to ensure that safe physical distancing can be maintained. Please don’t come visiting unless it’s essential, and remember only one support person for outpatient appointments and for planned surgery.


All visitors must scan or manually sign in, wear a mask or face covering, and use hand gel when entering and leaving the ward.


West Coast DHB’s Alert Level 2 Visiting hours and restrictions are available here.


If you are planning to visit an Age Residential Care (ARC) facilities, please phone first to check visitor restrictions. This includes the ARC facilities operated by West Coast DHB at Greymouth and Reefton.


Further information on the rules for Alert Level-2 are available on the COVID-19 website


https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-system/alert-level-2/